African-American History

The Metro Archives houses several collections of records relating to Nashville's African-American history, including copies of The Nashville Globe on microfilm, Mt. Ararat cemetery records, and numerous vertical files.

We are also in the process of exploring our government records in order to document Nashville's slavery history in hopes of ultimately creating a searchable database for genealogical research. This process includes searching through will books, deed books, court records, Freedman's Bureau records, and newspapers in order to put together what will hopefully be a useful resource. This is a long and painstaking process; however, some of our earliest records have been documented and are available to search at the Metro Archives. For more information, please contact Kelley Sirko.